An open letter was released on May 11 by John Paul Sarsuelo Seniel for ABS-CBN reporter Doris Bigornia.
In his letter, Seniel has asked Doris Bigornia to act with decency towards her fellow members of the media.
The incident which sparked the interest of many happened between 5:25 to 5:30 in the afternoon on May 11 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao.
According to Seniel, Bigornia has been blocking the GMA News camera while they were having a live broadcast for 24-Oras Southern Mindanao, a local newscast. In his letter, Seniel mentioned that Bigornia scolded Bong Go, Duterte’s ‘utility man’, and threatened to hit him.
Here is the open letter written by John Paul Sasuelo Senial:
“Miss Doris Bigornia, please act with decency when you are with your fellow members of the media.
Maybe you did not know that we had a live report for our GMA 24 Oras Southern Mindanao Newscast, I can forgive you on that, but you acted like you did not see anyone interviewing Mr. Bong Go.
Our DMNG Engineer Al Lim Ramz politely told you to excuse yourself from our camera since you became an eye sore to my live report.
Mr. Bong Go and I were on cam, but you immediately scolded him and even told him "sapakin kita".
I don't care who you are, yes you are Doris Bigornia of ABS CBN, nauna kayo sa amin sa media, hindi pa ako nakarating sa trabaho na ito, napapanood na kita sa TV.
Pero nakakabahala ang inasta niyo. Regional Media kami, oo, pero kahit ihilera ka sa amin dito sa region, namumukod tangi kami sa rehiyon namin dahil rehiyon namin ito. Kahit sa rehiyon namin, hindi kami pa star, we work with humility and authority.
You have shown disrespect sa mas nakababata sa inyo. Huwag po kayong pa Star dahil kahit kilala po kayo ng karamihan, hindi niyo po nasisiguro kung gusto ka ba nila.
I opened this up kasi nababastosan kami sa inaasta mo. Pilipino naman po tayo. Yes our companies compete against each other, but we are still Filipinos and we should respect each other sa kung anumang trabaho meron tayo.
I have heard a lot of negative things about you, and now i fully witnessed a glimpse of your character.
But I thank you for the opportunity of testing our character in the midst of a live report, i was not distracted. We stood with good character and we delivered well.
Mindanaoans like my team (MELCHOR, JP, ALLAN) lighted a candle of good reportage and everybody follows.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY.”
At the time of writing, Doris Bigornia has not yet released her statement about the issue.